The Other Minutemen

The first minutemen where the soldiers at Lexington and Concord – those who fired those shots heard ‘round the world.  About two centuries later there were other minutemen…

A Community Valuing Those Who Passed Through

It was a tremendous meal that had to be prepared, every day, for about three years.  And it was all provided free of charge by a community that truly valued those simply passing through town…

A Stop in Aberdeen, South Dakota

When the Unites States when to war in the 1940, thousands of troops began to criss-cross the country headed to Europe or perhaps headed west to the Pacific theater of the war.  Those trips could take countless hours and many along the route wanted to do their part of support those going abroad.  One such place was Aberdeen, South Dakota…

The Carousel City

Bob Ketterling never set out to be famous or have others recognize his deeds.  He just wanted to do something nice for his community.  But drive into this town today and you’ll quickly see what people thought of Bob.  They painted it on their water tower…

Bob Had a Secret

Bob had a secret.  Not a bad secret, but a secret nonetheless from his childhood.  When his wife learned what it was, she found crowds flocking to their backyard…

An Unusual Museum

When you pull up to this small building, you may be surprised to learn that people are making detours just to see what’s inside.  In fact, some are so inspired, they decide to take up residence here.  Not bad for a place this little town willed into existence a couple of decades back…

Knowledgeable About Vinegar

It’s a product you can find named in the Bible and in ancient texts.  However, it’s something that is familiar yet unknown to most of us.  This small town hopes to make you more knowledgeable about it…

Putting the Town on the Map

Lawrence Diggs is not you average citizen.  If he seemed out-of-place here, he certainly wasn’t for long as the residents of this community of under 200 soon embraced his ideas to put the place on the map…

Poker Alice

She was simply known as Poker Alice.  She was an expert card player who used to begin each game by proclaiming, ““Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets.”  And she did take plenty of money…

Rapid City’s Historical Museum

Today we say hello to our listeners on KOTA in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Residents there know of an amazing local museum that tells the story of the history of this area…

The Discovery of Black Hills Gold

Perhaps you’ve heard of Black Hills gold.  Its discovery rapidly changed life in today’s western South Dakota…

The Homestead of Lawrence Welk

His music entertained millions of listeners both over the radio and later via TV.  Today we head to his homestead on the plains of North Dakota…

Time to Make the Donuts

What’s the first thing a father teaches his son about being a good businessman?  How to make donuts of course!  It’s one of the most important jobs around here and 20,000 people per day may show up…

Disassociation with Wall, South Dakota

If you’ve heard of Wall, South Dakota then you’ve heard of Wall Drug.  But there was a time when a young man from that small town did not want to be associated with the place.  His story is one that impacts travelers yet today…

Offering A Drink of Water

If someone is thirsty you might offer them something to drink.  What seems commonplace served as a business inspiration that brought customers in droves.  The store that offered that free drink is our story…

Putting Down Roots for a New Business

The Depression was in full swing and a young family was looking for a place to put down roots and begin a new business.  It was the backdrop for a new pharmacist looking to open his new drug store…

The Good Shepherd

In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as “The Good Shepherd” who is willing to lay down his life for his sheep.  Today’s feature is also about the “good Shepherd,” which in this case, is the story of a specific type of lamb that might provide life to people who are suffering…

Afflicted With a Debilitating Illness

At first glance, today’s story will seem to be one of little hope.  Yet, there hope and it’s coming from the livestock industry for people afflicted with a rare but debilitating and fatal illness…

Going To A Stranger’s Home for a Free Meal

If you showed up at a strangers’ home and asked for a free meal, they  might slam the door in your face…or just maybe you’d find a kind soul  who would take you in.  The later will be the case this weekend in one  city…

A Unique Homecoming Theme

Many high schools and colleges pick a theme for their football homecoming.  In Brookings, South Dakota the theme remains the same…perhaps the most unique in the nation…